Cry to Me by J A Schneider

16th July 2021.

There’s an emotional intensity to this story that builds and blows like the hurricane that’s about to strike. From the confusion and hysteria of the opening, where paramedics rush Liddy Bell to hospital after a shooting, to the dramatic climax, the emotion and suspense rarely lets up.

Did Liddy Bell shoot her husband, Wyatt, at a party or did someone set her up? This is the question that drives the story and her sister, Kim. Not that their relationship is as strong as Kim suspects. Throw close friends, Wyatt’s brother, and a possible scorned lover into the mix and you have plenty of suspects, all with motives, all trapped together as the full force of the hurricane plunges the house into darkness.

This is an exciting and tense psychological thriller/murder mystery that never lets go once it draws you in. After the blistering opening, the story settles into an examination of the various suspects and their motives, taking you on a twisting journey where you’re never sure about anyone. The doubts and lies only add to the suspense and I found myself suspecting almost everyone before the dramatic and satisfying climax.

The approaching hurricane was a great foil for the building tension inside the house and added atmosphere and jeopardy to an already volatile situation.

The writing was first class. The plotting was tight and kept me guessing and turning the pages. The romantic element added another layer of the jeopardy as Kim began to wonder if the man she was falling for was the killer.

Powerful, atmospheric and highly recommended.


Liddy Bell shot her husband – or did she? In the middle of a party she’s giving with her guests just feet away? Liddy’s sister Kim, a true crime writer, struggles to prove her sister innocent – and avoid falling for a man who might be dangerous.

Wyatt Bell was a powerful tech CEO; the party was to celebrate the purchase and restoration of his and Liddy’s 1920s mansion. No one heard the shots that killed him and wounded Liddy. The band was loud and guests were scattered. When the police declare the crime a failed murder-suicide attempt and Liddy as their suspect, her sister Kim is devastated and insists it’s a setup. Wyatt’s handsome brother David and Liddy’s closest friends try to help Kim investigate…but questions arise. Could Liddy have only pretended to be happy, snapped, and shot her husband? Above all, Kim’s worst anguish is wondering if she ever really knew her sister…

With a hurricane approaching, the police put their investigation on hold, and those closest find themselves all under one roof. Relationships unravel, and Kim thinks, “This is terrifying. We’re all five of us in this house. At night in a hurricane with no power…and a terrible feeling of menace. I can’t shake it.”

Cry to Me by J A Schneider

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